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PeterP last won the day on June 6 2015

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  1. That second video looks fabulous. I've had my share of video one. I'd like to haul my Petrel out there one day and kick around a bit. PeterP
  2. Always amazes me how fast crap can happen even at 2 MPH. The guy who invents brakes for boats is going to make a killing. I will personally buy the first three sets that roll off the assembly line. After putting a 50 cal size hole into my 17' in similar circumstances to yours -by coming to a dead stop on a dock bolt - I make it a policy now to ALWAYS end the sailing part of the trip 200-300 yds off the dock. Luff up, roll up the sail(s) then row to the dock. No motor on my 17'. That flogging sail still generates a fair amount of power and unpredictability which is fine with room to play but can be a total mess near a dock. The repairs to my boat were not worth the bravado. PeterP
  3. Spotted on the water in a gale

    Just saw this, and for a tiniest moment I had a glimpse of how I think Graham feels when he sees one of his boats go by: satisfaction of a piece of work done well. Providing pleasure to others by performing well after all these years and hopefully for years to come. Kind of makes you feel sorry for todays kids who get their life experience from 3D goggles. Glad I met you mate. PeterP
  4. Addictive Properties?

    Don, try that for your next passport photo. It should make for some interesting times going through airport security. PeterP
  5. Turbo Core Sound 17

    Shazam, that is a nice piece of kit! Bit more than Teflon paint on that boat. What I am really jealous about are the wishbones. Mine did not work out at all and I am way too tired/busy right now to work up another-better set. PeterP
  6. Turbo Core Sound 17

    My guess would be Teflon bottom paint - makes the boat slide off the trailer 3x faster. Lots of hype in these 5MPH races. Just guessing though. PeterP
  7. RIP Hugh "Buck" Wilde

    This is bad news indeed! I'm sure Graham will pipe in. Buck was a good hand. His wife got hammered last year and now this. Did not know him that well but I knew him well enough to note his passing with sadness. PeterP
  8. Don, I don't think it is a pintle. I would guess it is a random piece of tubing or rod he used to shape the straps/gudgeons. Then again, maybe you just hit on the real reason he wants to sell? Only kidding. PeterP
  9. Nice Job Frank!

    Let's hear it for Frank for sprucing up the site! I think Frank needs a good grant writer to apply to HHS for cash reward for running a low cost program that keeps a bunch of insane people out of bigger trouble. Well done- PeterP
  10. Carlita's new adventure

    You guys should look into NAVIGATRIX. I have it on my e-bay $100 HP2740 that I use on the boat. It is absolutely brilliant. Designed by cruisers for sailors. And, technically, it can be had for 0$. ( They ask for donations ). As for charts- ALL CHARTS in the US ( -both raster and vector- electronic data) are produced by the government. ANYONE can download them for free. Including updates, notices to mariners and such. Part of your tax refund. Why would anyone pay gobs of money for free charts? Another way we all pitch in to perpetuate the -boat is a hole in the water to throw money into- my guess. Navigatrix AND every single ( vector) chart of US waters will fit onto 8Gig thumb drive. It is a stand-alone app - just stick it into USB port, boot up and you're away. I should also mention that I had to buy a puck GPS ($40) since the HP has no inbuilt GPS capability. As I am writing this I noticed that Navigatrix has a beta version for Android. That sounds tempting since I also have Galaxy5 but I think I still prefer the larger screen of the HP for chart work. As a back up maybe. Fair winds PeterP
  11. Bow eye install

    Don, it is not a question of sinking the boat because of a leak through there. If the wood is not well sealed mother ocean will find its way in there. You can bet on that. Then next time you take things apart there is a nasty old spot of rot looking at you. Some people use the bow eye for tie off. If you're one of them count the number of jerks that thing is subjected to in even placid water. Amazing, and it all adds up, almost makes you feel like she works to a plan. PeterP
  12. Bow eye install

    I like to do drilled out epoxy bushing with sealant of your choice. Butyl rubber is good but I have used good quality window caulk like OSI QUAD. Cheers PeterP
  13. I did SS machine screws on my P28. As you said - nut on the inside should work better than anything. Whole lot quicker too. I used Teffgell (sp?) because that is the recomended stuff to keep aluminum and SS happy together but I have no idea how well it is going to last. If the plan calls for screws on top -do it. Graham ALWAYS has a reason. In this case I suspect he simply wanted to save some work because with nuts and bolts on top you would have to cut dadoes in the plug to get it inside the mast over them. In other words not a strength issue rather KISS issue. Good luck PeterP
  14. Core Sound 17 Mkiii hull 6: Avocet

    Hate to do this to you but you will not know if your boat is level until you establish the water line. That is your number one reference line. Everything you put in the boat is related to it one way or another. You can build a boat without knowing where it will be but if you screw up you will kick yourself for not being patiet. Think of it as waiting for tide. My advice is to flip the thing and glass it. Graham will be back long b4 you get that done. You could also try contacting Jay to see if he has the numbers you are looking for. PeterP
  15. Graham's Bootstripe

    You will need two long battens struck horizontally across the bow and transom at the height of the water level. They should be long enough so that line pulled across the top of them and parallel to the boat centre line will touch the extreme width of the hull. Mark the three points: where the string touches the hull and the two points on the battens. With two people - pull masking tape across the sticks and watch it pull a perfect line on your boat. With one person - I stick the tape at the mid point on the hull an pull one way and then go back and pull the other half. Take note that the upper edge of the tape will be the bottom of your bootstripe. Graham likes his bootstripe to have an upward tick. On the 17' the stripe goes 2.75" -1.5"- 2" bow mid stern. The 28' goes 6" -3" -4". The smiley effect helps cover up out of trim flotation. Figure out your stripe ratios. For example let's go with 5"- 3" -4". Meaning that the stripe will be 5" wide at the bow, 3" amidship and 4" at the stern. What you need to do now is to rig up two ramps -one in the bow one in the stern. In the bow fasten the inboard end of the ramp 5" up from the horizontal batten at the centerline. The other end will slope down so that at the mark you made earlier it is 3" above horizontal. Do the other ramp going from 4" to 3". Now pull the tape across, - it should touch the hull 3" above your lower tape at midpoint -stick it to the hull and walk the ends up the ramps. Pay attention and go slow because now you will be pulling a curve so the tape needs to be tweaked up in a gentle arc rather than a straight line. Let your eye be the judge - as always. The actual positioning of the boostripe is an individual choice. Should the waterline go through the middle of the stripe, should it be just above,a bit proud of it in anticipation of heavy crew? So many choices, so many opinions. Good luck with it. PeterP